FBI offers $25,000 reward for information in Jayme Closs search

Jayme's family made an impassioned appeal on Wednesday afternoon.
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The FBI has announced a $25,000 reward for information that leads to the discovery of missing Wisconsin 13 year old Jayme Closs.

At a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said the reward will be made available as the search for Jayme enters its 10th day.

During the conference, Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, made an appeal directly to her niece, saying "we miss you so much, your sparkling eyes, your bright smile."

Jayme's dog Molly was also at the press conference, with Smith saying the pet had been sleeping in the 13 year old's sweatshirt since the teen went missing on Oct. 15, shortly after the killing of her parents, Denise and James.

"We need you with us to fill the hole in our hearts," Smith added. "We all love you to the moon and back and we will never stop looking for you."

A search involving 2,000 volunteers in Barron County on Tuesday didn't turn up any significant evidence in the search for Jayme.

It's been previously revealed that her parents died from gunshot wounds in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 15.

A dispatch log said that a door had been kicked in at their home along Hwy. 8 in Barron, Wisconsin, and yelling could be heard in the background after a 911 call came from the phone of Denise Closs.

Police also want to hear from anyone who was on Hwy. 8 between early on Oct. 15, and have also released two vehicles of interest – one of them a red Dodge and the other a black SUV – they want information on.

Anyone with information should contact the Barron County tip line at 1-855-744-3879 or by emailing jaymetips@co.barron.wi.us.

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